They’ve given us Hallowe’en and Christmas celebrations. We’ve battled electric sky-pirates and fiery underground mole-men. Now we’ve been given a flying bazaar to explore.
The content-wizards at ArenaNet keep giving us great new adventures every month, keeping new players intrigued and old veterans interested. Now though, they’ve upped the ante, promising to change from their monthly schedule to providing brand-new content every two weeks!
That’s an impressive statement, and is nothing but good news for players.
It seems the system will work like this – the Guild Wars crew has been split into multiple teams, each creating their own content, updates and bug fixes. Then in a staggered pattern every two weeks, teams will pair up to release their creations to the public. As such, there will be brand new quests and maps available to you and your guild on a bi-monthly basis:
“We’ll introduce holiday festivals and other events that will appear on a yearly basis, but with updates and changes each year. We’ll create events that change the landscape of the world forever, leaving behind epic monuments, destruction, new playable content, and fantastic memories in their wake. We’ll introduce new maps and regions permanently to the world, but with a storyline that drives their creation and discovery to make them feel natural and seamless rather than suddenly tacked on.
As you read these words, a release is seven days or less away or has just happened within the last seven days— those are now the only two states you’ll find the world of Tyria.”
Sounds good to me! There’s a small doubt in the back of my mind that perhaps a two-week schedule is a bit ambitious, but the current changes that the team have already provided show their creativity and drive, and that the changing events won’t be getting stale anytime soon.
It also seems that with these frequent updates, ArenaNet may be doing away with the idea of expansion packs, such as Factions and Nightfall from the original Guild Wars. Perhaps these kinds of updates will just flow smoothly (and potentially freely) into the game without us needing to worry about them.
All in all, this sounds like a very exciting time for players!
You can read more direct from the Guild Wars 2 blog here.
For those interested, the Ramshackle Thoughts guild operates on the Desolation server. Come join us for casual fun!